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Album Review

Captain Beyond is a one-of-a-kind progressive album with rock, heavy metal, and jazz influences with a "space rock" lyrical bend. Formed by former members of Deep Purple (Rod Evans, vocals), Iron Butterfly (Rhino, lead guitar, and Lee Dorman, bass), and Johnny Winter (Bobby Caldwell, drums) Captain Beyond is an album that flows from riff to riff, drumbeat to drumbeat, often with various time signatures within the same song. Taking a tip from the Moody Blues, songs flow directly into each other without benefit of any lag time between selections. Taken as a whole, the album is kind of a rush, as quick, riff-laden guitar lines predominate for a few songs before slowing down temporarily into a lull until the next takeoff. Lyrically, the album differentiates itself by exploring themes of the outer world and meanings of existence, often with references to the moon, sea, sun, and so on. Listeners may get the feeling of taking a journey to space in a rocket ship headed for destination unknown. Musically, the album is superior in all aspects. Rod Evans has a strong rock voice, Rhino plays an enormous amount of hook-laden guitar lines, and Lee Dorman plays complex basslines (for example, at the end of "As the Moon Speaks-Return") that lead to typically rhythmic, nimble Bobby Caldwell drumming. The tightness between musicians is enormous, never lets up for long, and leaves the listener feeling like the ride should continue for the indefinite future.

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Absolute Classic

Wow! This one brings me back. Probably the most phenomenal musicianship shown by any group of the early 70's. Unfortunatly, Captain Beyond would never be able to capture this sound again. Hard-driving, one after the other barage of tunes that really showcased Bobby Caldwell's unbelievable talent. Incredible technique! Thank's Itunes for making this one available.

Great Album

I have not talked to a single person who has disliked this album. Even people who dont like this brand of music may be attracted to the tight rhythms, beats, and song structures. The vocals flow clean and precise as well as the drums (the drummer shows up on a terrific album called 'Armageddon' in '75. Strongly recommended.). Great complicated bass work and the highlight of the album: the riffs, licks, or whatever the hell you want to to call great, pounding guitar action. Great album.

The pinnacle of 70's rock?

Ok, so this is probably the most recognized Captain Beyond album. I also very much like their second piece of work, Sufficiently Breathless. But its safe to say, this first Captain Beyond album put it all together and is a master work. It was a regular staple of my teenage years and still sounds just as fresh today. I saw this band as the opening act for Yes in 1973. They put on one of the best shows I have ever seen. As I look back on rock in the 70's, it pretty much peaked around 1973. This is one of the best.

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

Captain Beyond was a rock group formed in Los Angeles in 1972 by ex-members of other prominent groups. Singer Rod Evans (b. January 19, 1947, Slough, Berkshire, England) had been with Deep Purple; drummer Bobby Caldwell had worked with Johnny Winter; and guitarist Larry Rheinhart (b. July 7, 1948, Florida) and Lee Dorman (b. September 15, 1945, St. Louis, MO, d. December 21, 2012, Laguna Niguel, CA) had been in Iron Butterfly. This lineup made their self-titled debut album for the Southern rock label...
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